Jennifer met Ted after he kept going to the Pantry Restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe for over a year trying to summon the courage to ask her on a date. Once he did their relationship was non stop and a wonderful Greek Wedding was planned. Jennifer who runs an amazing company called Shoppy chic that makes cute purses from recycled materials, bedding and placemats and Ted who sells real estate wanted a classic style wedding with lots of romantic elements. Jennifer loved flowers and had seen Karen and Aileen Trans work and fallen in love !

Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club wedding

St Helene and Constantine church

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green bridesmaids dress, pink bouquet

flowergirl halo, flowergirl wreath

st helene and constantine wedding, white wedding, rsf wedding

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flowergirl purse, pink bouquet

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Crown Weddings is thrilled to be working with the amazing Marc Gold of www.100friends.com to help fund 2 libraries in Nepal this past year. It is so wonderful to get pictures like this and see all the smiling faces of the children who are so eager to read and learn. We are excited to work with him on more projects in 2012. Even a small donation can help save a childs sight or hearing,  keep a small child from working in the dumps or having to live a  life of slavery.

From 100 Friends website:

Welcome to the 100 Friends Project!
I am Marc Gold and I started this small project 23 years ago, in 1989. The idea is really very simple. Every year many people contribute to the project and I take the money to developing countries and look for the neediest people I can find. I then put the money to work in the most compassionate, appropriate, culturally compatible, constructive and practical manner possible. You put the donation into my hands and I put the funds directly into the hands of the needy individual or family, or a small trusted grassroots organization helping them.
How did it start?
The project began in 1989, when I visited India for the first time. I began thinking about going there to help people in 1956 when I was 7 years old, under the influence of my father, Albert Gold(100friends.org/pdf/Benefit.Magazine.100.Friends.story.Sept.07.pdf). When I finally got to India, I met a Tibetan woman in the Himalayas who had terrible ear infections, and I was able save her life with antibiotics that cost about $1.00. For another $30 I purchased a hearing aid that restored her hearing. I was shocked to learn that something so important could be accomplished with so little. I also briefly met Mother Teresa while doing volunteer work with the dying in Kolkata, India and she encouraged me to continue this type of humanitarian work.I began raising money among my friends, accepting whatever they could give, as little as $1 or as much as people were able to donate. Then, in 1992, I traveled to India with over $2,200 in donations, with the goal of distributing it as directly and intelligently as possible. The rest, as they say, is history. Funds have been donated in India, Thailand, Cambodia, Tibet, Nepal, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Iraq, The Philippines, Myanmar, Pakistan, China, Angola, Laos, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, Mozambique and Turkey.



The 100 Friends Project began in India in 1989 when I discovered a Tibetan woman with terrible ear infections. I took her to the doctor and a $1 antibiotic saved her life and a $30 hearing aid restored her hearing. I was amazed to learn that you could make such a big difference to a person’s life with so little money. When I returned to the US, I made a decision to return to India in order to help other needy people in a similar manner. I contacted one hundred of my friends in order to share this experience with them and gather donations to put to use on my next trip and I succeeded in raising $2,200. Since then, the project and its supporters have expanded dramatically and this year I will be carrying out the project’s twentieth humanitarian mission. I have been able to help thousands of individuals, families and small organizations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Last year I raised $115,000. The ultimate goal of the project is to give away one million dollars (but why stop there?).


Mission Statement

The 100 Friends Project aims to bring direct assistance by means of philanthropic travel to some of the world’s most needy people. I travel personally to Third World countries to carry out humanitarian missions annually and put the money to work in the most compassionate, appropriate, culturally compatible, constructive and practical manner possible, wherever he sees the most deserving need. When at home in the US, I work with thousands of young people to involve them in the project activities, thus planting seeds for future humanitarian work.

Who We Help

The 100 Friends Project provides practical and direct assistance to a diverse range of people in need in Third World Countries. I focus on locating the most needy sector of humanity who are not receiving any aid from other sources. The primary group of people I try to help are those who are among the most vulnerable in society: children, the sick and the elderly. As well as providing funds for medical, educational and subsistence expenses in impoverished areas, I also bring emergency relief to people in countries that have suffered from war and natural disasters. I also provide grants and technical assistance to small local organizations.

Philosophy and Action

The 100 Friends Project is based on the principle that one person can make a difference. It can take very little money, knowledge or other resources to accomplish miracles. When I speak in front of young people and plant the seeds of philanthropic travel in their minds, I try to impress upon them these principles to inspire them to make a difference in people’s lives. I also help others who are planning to set up similar initiatives. Even the impoverished are encouraged and empowered to continue the cycle of giving by ‘paying it forward’ – performing their own altruistic acts within their own communities. I aim to deliver what I call ‘the magic moment’ – the look on someone’s face when you tell them they will receive a lifesaving operation for their child or an educational opportunity that they could never afford themselves.



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